Welcome to the fourth issue of the EU Platform of Diversity Charters newsletter!

Europe has seen unprecedented events in the last couple of months, which remind us that, despite eveything, we need to be United in Diversity.
The fourth edition of the EU Platform newsetter provides you with an insight into the business case of integrating migrants to Europe's workforce. In addition, you will find updates from our diversity network, which welcomed its 16th member- the Portuguese Diversity Charter that was launched in March 2016.
We hope you enjoy reading it!

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November
Diversity and inclusion - the business case of immigration to Europe
by Lucinda Pearson, CSR Europe
We are seeing an unprecedented displacement and humanitarian crisis in Europe and beyond. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) states that there are around 65.3 forcibly displaced people in across the world and that almost 34,000 people per day are forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict and/or persecution.  In 2015 alone, Europe saw the arrival of over 1 million refugees and migrants.
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December
Austria: DiversCity Prize 2016

On June 7, 2016, the DiversCity prize was awarded at the Odeon for the fifth time. This prize is awarded by the Vienna Economic Chamber to companies who recognise diversity as an asset and who have successfully incorporated diversity into their business model.

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Czech Republic: I am no average!

A new campaign 'I am No Average!' was launched in the spring by the Czech Diversity Charter, supporting diversity in work teams. The campaign is geared toward everyone – companies and charities, large and small organisations, private and public sectors, and anyone interested in checking out their 'mediocrity coefficient'.

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Denmark: New guide helps companies to identify diverse leadership
ISS Denmark, Proacteur and the Association New Dane (Foreningen Nydansker) have created a new step-by-step guide to help companies identify diversity management strategies and the effects within their organisations. The project is funded by the Intercultural Cities Programme, which is initiated by the Council of Europe.
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Estonia: Estonian Charter introduces 'friendly employer' toolkit promoting inclusive workplace

The Estonian Charter introduced a toolkit ‘Friendly employer’ that promotes the concept of a workplace that is inclusive, tolerant and respects the values of diversity. It also gives advice to employers who want to advance diversity issues in their enterprises and organisations. The foreword of the publication is written by the Minister of Entrepreneurship, Ms. Liisa Oviir. In addition, the toolkit encourages the employers to establish a process for resolving complaints of discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace. 

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France: Religious diversity management at the workplace in a context of increasing islamophobia and xenophobia

Attacks against mosques, women wearing headscarfs assaulted, threats, insults: acts against Muslims have increased in dramatic proportions between 2014 and 2015 in France: +223% between 2014 and 2015, whether we talk about threats (+291%) or acts actually perpetrated (+125%). The inter-ministerial delegation in charge of fighting against racism and antisemitism who published those figures also declared 806 antisemitic acts were reported to the Police in 2015. Those figures only take into account the actual reports made to the Police and thus, show only a partial truth. 

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Germany: 10 years of Charta der Vielfalt – committed to diversity management in Germany

Ten years have passed since four corporate groups implemented the idea of making diversity management a topic for companies based in Germany, resulting in the Charta der Vielfalt. Kicked off with the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as its iconic backdrop, Charta der Vielfalt has become Germany’s largest diversity network of companies. A voluntary commitment was developed, with which the signatories commit to an appreciative work environment free of prejudice.

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Ireland: Dublin will host the 7th Annual Forum of Diversity Charters in October

Earlier this year an online survey was undertaken amongst the Charter members. It was the first time such a survey has been undertaken in Ireland. While the numbers involved were small, the survey helped to provide an initial profile picture of DCI and diversity in action. In particular, it highlighted the need to build awareness of the diversity work in Irish enterprises, to examine metrics for the measurement of progress, address training needs and to look at ways that the impact of the Charter could be improved in organisations.

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Italy: Diversitalavoro - enhancing equal opportunities in the labour market

On June 8-9, the career forum Diversitalavoro took place in Milan for its 22nd edition. Diversitalavoro is open to people with disabilities, people of foreign origin and people who are transgender. These groups of society typically face major difficulties in labour market integration. 

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Luxembourg: IMS Luxembourg launches its first guide to promote the employment of people with disabilities
Many questions have been raised among employers around disabilities within the Luxembourg labour market. Based on this observation, IMS, as the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg project leader, developed the (Handi)Cap Emploi project, which aims at promoting better access of people with disabilities to the ordinary labour market. A guide was launched on April 19 to support Luxembourg companies and to facilitate their procedures.
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The Netherlands: Dutch judiciary system demonstrates increasing interest in Diversity and Inclusion

The Dutch judiciary system demonstrates increasing interest in Diversity and Inclusion as both the Ministry of Security and Justice and the Public Prosecution Service signed the Diversity Charter in 2015. To fulfil their ambition, as stipulated in the Charter, they have been paying more attention to increasing cultural diversity amongst their employees. 

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Poland: National Diversity Day
On May 24 in Warsaw the Responsible Business Forum held the Third National Diversity Day within the framework of the Diversity Charter programme. It was a day full of discussions, workshops and above all - inspiration. The group of existing signatories of the Diversity Charter (more than 130) has been joined by seven new companies and institutions: the first local government in Poland, the Municipal Office in Slupsk, the National Audiovisual Institute, Amica Wronki SA, Antalis, BGZ Bank BNP Paribas, IKEA Retail and Nestlé Poland SA.
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Portugal: Launch of the Portuguese Diversity Charter
On March 31, Portugal officially launched the Portuguese Diversity Charter. In the beautiful National Palace of Ajuda, 80 organisations took an important step towards becoming more inclusive, diverse and competitive, by publicly signing the Diversity Charter.
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Sweden: Celebrating the five year history of Diversity Charter Sweden
In 2008 Margareta Eklund, being an active EU contributor, got the request to search for Swedish companies to organise a Swedish Diversity Charter. Together with Åsa Billme, a well-known Diversity Management expert who believed the Charter Platform had a match with Swedish companies, the work begun.

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Spain: The strong bet on diversity management in Catalan organisations
On the April 19, Barcelona Activa launched the campaign 'Bet on Innovation by means of Diversity Management', organised by Fundación Diversidad. In addition to different presentations by diversity experts, six new companies signed The Diversity Charter and another 16 organisations renewed their commitment.
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February
 
The EU Platform of Diversity Charters met in Brussels to discuss gender pay gap, LGBTI policies and religious diversity in Europe
by CSR Europe

The latest EU Platform of Diversity Charters meeting took place in Brussels on 16-17 June, hosted by DG Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. The meeting gathered representatives from the 15 Diversity Charters, and diversity experts shared best practices and discussed trends and know-how on today’s diversity management.

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The European Commission hosted a business seminar focused on diversity management in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
by Galina Shishkova, CSR Europe
About 52% of companies in CEE conduct some diversity and inclusion activities, approximately 11% have at least one full-time employee dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion (Roland Berger Study, 2013). Businesses tend to focus mainly on gender, disability and age. LGBTi, religion and race are still ‘out of the agenda’ topics due to the historical and cultural background of the region (post-communistic society, large Roma and Turkish minorities in some countries).
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